Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being; existence as something.

Etymologies

is +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present condition makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal 'oughtness' that forever confronts him.

    Barack H. Obama - Nobel Lecture

  • I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal 'oughtness' that forever confronts him.

    Clarence B. Jones: War and Peace

  • So somehow the "isness" of our present nature is out of harmony with the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts us.

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  • I refuse to accept the idea that the "isness" of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts him.

    Martin Luther King's Birthday

  • "I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present condition makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal 'oughtness' that forever confronts him," he said.

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  • Obama spoke of the curve of history, and its arc toward justice, and of the resolute refusal-in King's words-to let the "isness" of the world prevent humankind from reaching for the "oughtness" of the better world that always beckons.

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  • I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man

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  • "isness" of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts him.

    Martin Luther King - Acceptance Speech

  • I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present condition makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal 'oughtness' that forever confronts him. "

    President Obama: Remarks at the Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize

  • I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal 'oughtness' that forever confronts him. "

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